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NHLA Executive Board openings – 2013 elections

The New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) is seeking nominations for THREE (3) voting positions on the executive board:

Vice President/President Elect (three year commitment)

Secretary (one year commitment)

Treasurer (two year commitment)

Nominees must be current members of NHLA, and enthusiastic about the organization’s mission to promote advocacy, professional development, and communication on a wide range of library-related issues.  Serving on the NHLA board is a great way to network with other librarians and to have a positive impact on librarianship outside of your town’s library.

If you are interested in one of the positions, or if you know of someone who would be a good candidate for a position, please respond to this e-mail by July 1st.   Elections occur in September/October by ballot, and are announced at the NHLA Fall Conference in November.  New board members take their position on the board at the December 17, 2013 meeting.

For more information about the duties of the positions or about the executive board, please read the NHLA constitution and bylaws at

Nominate a librarian for the 2013 READS Award of Excellence!

The Award of Excellence is presented annually by the READS section of New Hampshire Library Association to a library staff member who provides outstanding service in the reference or adult services area. Nominations can be submitted by anyone affiliated with the library staff person’s work — a colleague, a Friend of the library, a trustee, or a supervisor.  You do NOT need to be a library director to nominate someone for this award!

Deadline for nominations is June 1, 2013.  The award will be given at the READS Fall Meeting on October 25, 2013.

An application form in pdf format can be downloaded here: 2013 Award of Excellence nomination form

2012 READS Award of Excellence winner announced

From left to right: Jen Hinderer, Director of Nashua Public Library; Sophie Smith, 2012 Award of Excellence winner from Nashua Public Library; and Pat Fickett, READS past-president and Chair of the Award of Excellence committee.

The Reads Award of Excellence Committee, along with the READS Executive Board, is very pleased to announce that Sophie Smith of Nashua Public Library is the winner of the 2012 Award of Excellence.

The READS award of excellence recognizes outstanding contributions by a library staff member who has been instrumental in improving library service to adults. Smith, a reference librarian at Nashua Public Library, was nominated by library director Jen Hinderer.  Hinderer cited Smith’s work in developing and maintaining Nashua’s world languages collection and her development of reading materials directed at adult new readers, both those learning to read for the first time and ESL students new to reading English.  Her efforts have resulted in large increases in the circulation of books in Hindi, Chinese and Spanish. In addition, she has reached outside of the library, meeting with students and teachers at The Adult Learning Center to determine how best to serve them. Hinderer wrote in her nomination: “Sophie is a worthy recipient because of her continued commitment to improving the customer experience in the library. In every decision and change we make as an institution Sophie is a strong advocate for the patron, she handles daily interactions with the public with grace, understanding, and good humor. Sophie actively reaches out to the community to gain feedback on how we can better serve them and is a great example of Excellence in service to adults.”

Nomination materials for the 2013 Award of Excellence will be available soon on the READS website. For more information on this award, please go to

2012 READS Award of Excellence nominees

READS is proud to announce that we have three nominees for the 2012 READS Award of Excellence:

Mary Sullivan King, Meriden Library

Sophie Smith, Nashua Public Library

Patricia Quinn, Rye Public Library

The READS Award of Excellence is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual who has been instrumental in improving library services to adults.  The award winner for 2012 will be announced at the upcoming READS fall conference on Friday, October 26, 2012 at Plymouth State University.  For more information about the READS fall conference, please visit

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

2012 READS fall conference registration is open

The 2012 READS fall conference, Not Your Grandma’s Library: Interlibrary Loans, Technology, and Intellectual Freedom, will be held on Friday, October 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Samuel Read Hall Heritage Commons, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH.  Speakers include an Inter-Library Loan panel of New Hampshire librarians, Christopher Leland (Meredith) on Free Software for Libraries, and an Intellectual Freedom panel of New Hampshire librarians on labeling, censorship, minor access, and other timely topics. Registration deadline is Friday October 5th, with fees at $35 per READS member and $40 per non-READS member.  A registration form can be found in the attached pdf: readsbrochureoct2012

Please consider attending this exciting and relevant conference!  For more information, please contact any READS board member (listing at


Digital Summit and Membership Meeting on 6/1


The New Hampshire Library Association will offer a day-long Digital Summit and spring membership meeting on Friday June 1st at Hooksett Public Library.  With many more questions than answers about digital media and how libraries can respond effectively, this summit hopes to provide the latest information on digital content as it relates to libraries and new ideas about how to integrate digital media into your library resources and services.

Panels and speakers include:

  • Speaker from ALA highlighting the latest news from publishers and vendors of digital media
  • Cheryl Abdullah, director of the Dover Town Library (MA) – a finalist for Library Journal’s 2012 Best Small Library in America (“Small” in national standards is under 10,000 population; Dover has a population of 6,000)
  • Breakout sessions at lunch including OverDrive Advantage subscribers; eReader lending; NHDB leadership discussion; staff training ideas; and “I don’t want to talk about digital anything at lunch”
  • Panel discussion: How to Justify Digital Content in your Budget
  • Panel discussion: Beyond Downloadable Books

The membership meeting is extremely important this spring.  We plan to officially add two sections (YALS and IT), re-ratify our membership dues per our by-laws, and adopt a few by-laws revisions due to changes that have occurred since the last revision in 2006.

The cost to attend the day is FREE if you are an NHLA member and bring your own lunch.  There will be a $10 fee for lunch, payable upon registration, if you so choose.  Anyone with dietary restrictions should plan to bring their own lunch.  If you are not a member of NHLA and wish to attend, you can become a member when registering.  REGISTRATION FOR THIS SUMMIT IS REQUIRED EVEN IF ONLY ATTENDING THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  This is to ensure we have a quorum of NHLA members.

Registration forms will go out on March 30th, with a deadline of May 18th.  Mark your calendars for an information –packed day with your colleagues!

Libraries For Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 from ALA

Please join us for the kick-off webinar of the Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 : Feb 28, 2012  2:00-3:00 (EST) – Call to Action and Collaboration!

ALA’s Task Force On the Environment (TFOE) has been engaged in environmental issues for over 20 years and done some tremendous work but has suffered from a lack of participation and lost momentum in recent years. Join us, and Maria A. Jankowska (UCLA Research Librarian and Editor of Electronic Green Journal), most recent TFOE chair, to understand what TFOE has accomplished, including pitfalls and successes – plus recommendations for next steps. Should this group be revitalized and/or is a change in direction indicated? What are some options for remaining engaged at the local and national levels? Where are opportunities for collaboration and action around broader sustainability issues?

Hopeful outcomes: Informal meeting at ALA 2012 in June to work on forming a new group; planning for sustainability-related presentations at ALA 2013! – Sign up now!

Time permitting, please review Maria’s recent article, Going beyond Environmental Programs and Green Practices at the American Library Association (, which provides a helpful timeline of TFOE’s history and associated activities.

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Stay tuned for more webinars:

April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Preparing for ALA Annual Informal Meeting August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Action Plan Follow Up & Discussion

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at or Beth FilarWilliams at

2012 READS spring roundtables

The spring READS roundtables, on the topic of continuing education, will occur at the following dates/locations:

Friday 3/30 at Rye Public Library

Friday 4/6 at Boscawen Public Library

Monday 4/9 at Weeks Library, Lancaster

How do librarians keep their skills current in the 21st century on a limited budget? Please consider attending one of these roundtables to discuss your continuing education concerns and/or to suggest free or cost-effective ways that you continue your own professional development.

The cost to attend the roundtables is $5 for a READS member, $10 for a non-member.  For more information and a registration form, please visit to download the registration form and obtain additional information. Registration deadline is March 23rd.


NHLA Goals for 2012

  • Review NHLA Constitution and By-Laws and proposed changes/updates to be voted on by entire NHLA membership
  • Hold Small Libraries Summit in spring 2012
  • Plan/organize Annual Conference for spring 2013
  • Continue to improve communications with membership
  • Continue to fund continuing education workshops offered through the State Library
  • Expand and promote the Specialists Network project
  • Continue annual NHLA Board member visit to each NH Public Library Cooperative to solicit feedback about needs and to provide information about NHLA

Questions about these goals can be directed to 2012 NHLA President, Lori Fisher, at

State Librarian’s report to the NH House Finance Committee

Please click on the link below to access a pdf version of Michael York’s report to the NH House Finance Committee, submitted on 11/30/11.  This report was created in response to a NH legislative request to examine the possibility of reallocating federal funding away from the ILL van service to other unspecified areas.

State Librarian report to NH House 11 30 2011